WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) sent a letter to John Stankey, CEO of AT&T and Dave Lougee, President and CEO of Tegna, urging them to come to a swift agreement in their ongoing carriage dispute.
AT&T and Tegna failed to reach a new agreement on December 1st, resulting in more than 60 stations lost on AT&T-owned platforms – including KXTV in Sacramento.
The full text of the letter is below and here:
Dear Mr. Stankey and Mr. Lougee:
I write to express significant concern about the ongoing carriage dispute between
DirecTV/AT&T U-verse and Tegna. As a result of this dispute, many Sacramentans are currently unable to access KXTV. It is crucial that both parties continue good-faith negotiations to resolve this carriage blackout immediately.
Currently, the carriage blackout is preventing Sacramentans from receiving important updates about their community. As COVID-19 cases increase throughout California and the country, access to timely and accurate information about the Sacramento region is a public health imperative. A local television station blackout in the midst of a public health crisis is harmful and must be resolved as quickly as possible.
I urge you to continue good-faith negotiations until an agreement is reached. A protracted carriage blackout in the middle of a public health crisis is unacceptable and a swift resolution is needed.
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